What is Dental Bonding?
Having a minor chip or crack in your tooth does not feel “minor” but there are very easy fixes that are cost effective, like dental bonding in belvidere il. If you have ever been chewing on something and noticed a piece of your tooth break off, you know the feeling. Dread, as you try and retrieve the bits of broken tooth material, pain as you examine the broken tooth–It is an awful feeling. Tooth bonding is a perfectly reasonable and easy way to replace that broken or chipped tooth. It can also be used cosmetically to make teeth appear “longer” or slightly reshape teeth to look perfect.
But, what IS Dental Bonding?
Dental Bonding, or Teeth Bonding, is a procedure where an application of composite is added to otherwise healthy tooth structure to reshape or secure an otherwise healthy tooth. Dental bonding is not recommended for a tooth with an abscess or root cavity, but for simple cosmetic breaks it is a great solution. You may also consider dental bonding if; you have gaps that you want to reshape, you grind your teeth, you want to reshape teeth in your smile, you want to fix a chip or crack, or have an exposed root that needs to be protected.
How long does Tooth Bonding take?
Tooth bonding is what is known as an “outpatient procedure” meaning you should not require general anesthesia, and you should be able to go on about your day after the procedure. The whole process is usually complete within one appointment. The whole process should take about an hour of your time, but probably less. The process entails
- Cleaning your teeth- Everyone wants to see your shiny smile
- Applying the resin or composite- It can be shaped immediately
- Setting the shape with a Ultraviolet light- UV light will dry the resin, bonding agent, and allow the dental professional to do any additional shaping as it sets
- Polish-Just like wax on your new car, one last buff before you show it off to the world!
How do you care for Dental Bonding?
The composite is not quite as strong as your original tooth material or a dental implant. You will want to care for it more diligently than your original teeth. Begin by following up with your dentist on how to care specifically for the material which has been added. You should still floss regularly, following the contours of your teeth down to the gumline. You should brush twice a day, using soft circular motions as opposed to a scrubbing movement. Use mouthwash regularly to protect your cheeks, tongue, and large surface areas of tissue (roof of your mouth, etc.). You should also avoid chewing on ice, and wear a mouthguard if you have problems with tooth grinding.
Where can I get Dental Bonding?
Begin by making an appointment with your Dentist. Especially if you already have a damaged tooth, you need to see them regularly for the maximum security of your teeth, and a comprehensive dental hygiene routine.